Another story the Universal Medicine Cult doesn’t want you to hear: Lou tells of her experience of an Esoteric Healing Workshop and why she decided UM wasn’t for her.
I went to a workshop on the recommendation of a friend. This would have been 3 years ago now. There were lots of people in a big sports stadium. Serge was very charismatic and held the 130 or so people in the palm of his hands.
I questioned him in front of everyone about people putting negative energy on me. He immediately thought it was to do with a man in my life, when in fact I was asking about a woman. He said in front of 130 people something like “when you live with someone who drinks too much and is abusive then you take on their energy”. They were his words. At the time I thought, how strange, I am in the happiest relationship with the loveliest man. He just jumped to his script of the “evil” bloke. I suppose it must work for 1/3 of the women who have contact with him, but for me, it was a big turn off. If he can read the past and present etc etc, then how could he have said complete untruths about my life?
He also said lots of stuff at that workshop about burning books that weren’t esoteric. My alarm bells were really ringing then, especially since every person in that room was so eager to burn all of their pranic belongings. They were also very disappointed when told Serge wouldn’t be there with them at the burning as I think he may have been jet setting off to the UK to incite more book burnings! Really the whole thing was so ludicrous and when I told my partner about it, all I could see was the relief in his face when I said this just isn’t for me. He is a supportive lovely man (like lots I bet) and he wouldn’t have held me back, but god what would following UM have done to my relationship with my children and my husband?
There were other strange things Serge said that weekend. When one of his students introduced me to him at the start of the workshop he said something like “finally you have come”, obviously to try and make me feel like we have met in a past life, or he knew I was coming. I have to say though I can see how some would get sucked into UM, and I can see how my friends have. It’s a shame because they now think they were nothing before they met Serge. It’s like they thought they were lesser human beings before they took up the UM way of life.
I wonder how many of the 130 people at that workshop were persuaded to sign up for more. Unfortunately, as you say, a proportion of the participants would have bought Serge’s outrageous sexism. He has learned how to exploit those participants’ bad experiences with men and their simplistic black and white thinking, which uncritically paints all members of one sex as evil based on the lousy behaviour of a few.
The book burnings absolutely chill me. They are an extreme and violent form of censorship and a hallmark of totalitarian, fundamentalist and oppressive regimes. In 1821, the German Jewish poet, Heinrich Heine wrote: ‘Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people.’ Heine’s own books were later burned by the Nazis in 1933. Serge’s book burnings and other bullying attempts to quash enquiry and dissent are a stark indication of his aggression, his gall and his insanely overblown ego. Yet, like you I recognize how people are lured in. To the unwary, his violent, sociopathic traits are disguised by his snaggy appearance and smooth, soft spoken delivery. Truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
If your friend is still involved with UM, I do hope they are coping and they aren’t following it too seriously.
And to anyone else considering submitting an account of their experiences with UM or its affects on their lives, please do! We do want and need to hear as much as you can tell us. A lot of this is new to me and our readers.
My own experience with UM and Serge was brief, and I’ve spent the last 7 years removed from the situation and unaware of how it had escalated into such a destructive force. In the last month or so I’ve done a crash course in all that is Universal Medicine, and while I have plenty of material to critique, we (as in me, many loved ones of students, and the general public) are still in the dark about much of UM’s activities and its harmful affects.
Please follow Winston and Lou’s lead and tell us your story.